Legendary former German captain and record appearance-maker Lothar Matthaus was inducted into the German sport’s Hall of Fame on Friday in tribute to his stellar career.
The former midfielder and sweeper made 150 appearances for Germany and played in five FIFA World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998). He also holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by a single player with 25 games.
He won the European Football championship in 1980 as well as the 1990 World Cup with the national team. In addition, Matthaus enjoyed unprecedented success in his club career with the likes of FC Bayern München and Inter Milan.
Honorary president of Bayern, Franz Beckenbauer, paid tribute to the 56-year-old saying: “He has won everything there is to win. That is justification for calling him the best German player of all time.”
The pair worked together in the 1990 World Cup when Matthaus was then coach Beckenbauer’s captain as Andreas Brehme’s penalty saw Die Mannschaft beat Argentina 1-0 in the final.